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Richard Gonzales

Correspondent, San Francisco, National Desk

Richard Gonzales is NPR's National Desk Correspondent based in San Francisco. Along with covering the daily news of region, Gonzales' reporting has included medical marijuana, gay marriage, drive-by shootings, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, the U.S. Ninth Circuit, the California State Supreme Court and any other legal, political, or social development occurring in Northern California relevant to the rest of the country.

Gonzales joined NPR in May 1986. He covered the U.S. State Department during the Iran-Contra Affair and the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Four years later, he assumed the post of White House Correspondent and reported on the prelude to the Gulf War and President George W. Bush's unsuccessful re-election bid. Gonzales covered the U.S. Congress for NPR from 1993-94, focusing on NAFTA and immigration and welfare reform.

In September 1995, Gonzales moved to his current position after spending a year as a John S. Knight Fellow Journalism at Stanford University.

In 2009, Gonzales won the Broadcast Journalism Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He also received the PASS Award in 2004 and 2005 from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for reports on California's juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.

Prior to NPR, Gonzales was a freelance producer at public television station KQED in San Francisco. From 1979 to 1985, he held positions as a reporter, producer, and later, public affairs director at KPFA, a radio station in Berkeley, CA.

Gonzales graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and social relations. He is a co-founder of Familias Unidas, a bi-lingual social services program in his hometown of Richmond, California.

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Maria Sanchez, a legal U.S. resident, narrowly missed being deported to her native Mexico for a felony she committed in 1998. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Immigrant Felons And Deportation: One Grandmother's Case
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To Reduce Gun Violence, Potential Offenders Offered Support And Cash
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Man Reports Car Stolen, Ends Up In Deportation Limbo
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Officials Remain Tight-Lipped On Complex Security At Super Bowl 50
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Gurdeep Shergill and his wife, Sonia, co-host a program on KBIF-AM for the 35,000 Sikh-Americans who live in Fresno. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Sikhs In Fresno Worried After Recent Attacks
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